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Where to Eat in Sydney’s Inner City

When heading to the city, it can be quite a daunting task trying to decide on where to eat. Sydneysiders are spoilt for choice but there are some standout precincts and streets that are go-to’s for foodies and locals alike. Whether you are after fine dining, brunch or a quick bite, we have rounded up the Inner City’s best foodie hubs.

1909 Dining Precinct

In retail mecca Market City, 1909 Dining Precinct is one of Sydney’s newest foodie hubs. At the centre of Chinatown, 1909 rounds up the best in Asian eateries from 10am. It’s already home to Mr Meng, YAYOI andKogi Korean BBQ. Stay tuned as more eateries are set to open soon like hot pot fave The Dolar Shop and contemporary sushi train Fugetsu. 

9-13 Hay Street, Haymarket

Angel Place

Easily spotted by its iconic hanging birdcage installation, Angel Place is one of the Inner City’s best fine dining precincts. The most well-known occupants of Angel Place are the Merivale group with over 10 venues. At one end you have the Ivy Complex and along the laneway, Felixand Ash St Cellartake pride of place. For a quick bite, head toLorraine’s Patisserie for a delectable beef pie.

Angel Place, Sydney CBD

Barangaroo Precinct

Cultivated and grown as part of urban redevelopment The Barangaroo Project, this precinct boasts 41 venues and is a fully fledged cultural, entertainment and dining destination. During the week, Barangaroo is filled with suits looking for quick bites from Sydney faves Belles Hot Chicken and Bourke Street Bakery. Come night time, Cirrus, été and Lotusare popular for fine dining experiences.

Barangaroo, Sydney

Steam Mill Lane

Steam Mill Lane brings together a unique mix of local and international eateries in the new Darling Square precinct. Steam Mill Lane is the best spot to grab a long lunch, celebratory dinner or afternoon pick-me-up. Toby’s Estate serves their quality beans and Sydney faves, Marrickville Pork Roll, deliver delicious lunch bites. Next to open will be poké heroes Fishbowland Tokyo street-style eatery Bang Bang.

Darling Square- 35 Tumbalong Boulevard, Haymarket

Crown Street

Stretching from Darlinghurst to Redfern, Crown Street, between Oxford and Cleveland, is home to some of Sydney’s best eateries and bars. For pub food, look no further than The Dolphin or The Horse.Japanese reigns supreme with Tokoand Zushiand pizza and pasta lovers should head straight to Via Napoli andFlour, Eggs, Water. The best part is finishing your meal with a scoop of gelato from Messina.

Crown Street, Surry Hills

Dixon Street

Officially marked as Sydney’s Chinatown in the 1980’s, Dixon Street pedestrian plaza is filled with hole-in-the-wall eateries, traditional Chinese restaurants and Asian fusion delicacies. Mamakis a crowd favourite, any day of the week, and the most popular late-night eatery on the strip is Golden Century Seafood Restaurant. Gumsharadelivers ramen deliciousness and yum cha is the best meal to have at any of Dixon Street’s Chinese restaurants.

Dixon Street, Haymarket

Kensington Street

Since emerging in 2015, Kensington Street boasts 26 different eateries and bars. More casual diners head straight to Spice Alley, a mix of Asian fast-food stalls with communal seating. In the Old Rum Store you have Olioand Eastside Kitchen & Bar for contemporary dining. For a finer dining experience, two-hatted restaurant Automatadelivers modern Australian excellence.

Kensington Street, Chippendale

Woolloomooloo Wharf

One of Sydney’s premium waterfront locales, the Finger Wharf at Woolloomooloo is where Sydney’s elite go to dine. It’s all about fine dining with Asian fusion hot spot, China Dolland Italian ristorante OTTOleading the charge. The boutique hotel Ovolo is perched on the wharf and their new plant-based restaurant Alibi serves delicious eats and extravagant cocktails.

Cowper Wharf Road, Woolloomooloo


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